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November 27, 2012

Antique Copper Manicure

When a metal is exposed to elements in nature, a patina, or slight tarnish, forms as the compound ages. This happens when the alloy comes in contact with atmospheric factors like oxygen or rain, and while many opt to polish the finish away, the weathered effect can be quite beautiful. Salma Hayek's copper nails at the Bambi Awards in Dusseldorf, Germany translated the process into the beauty world, and we like how her digits complement the gold detail in her dress without looking overdone. Antique metallic hues give a touch of sparkle to your fall wardrobe without channeling a disco revival. The deep tones make the colors wearable, but the glittery finish gives off a dressed up effect. Like their elemental counterparts, metallic lacquers also tend to fade after extended wear, so finish your manicure with a generous layer of clear top coat to keep the color in place.

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